In accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, Ireland offers immunisation against 5 target diseases:
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
In addition, Ireland offers vaccinations against:
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Meningitis C
- Hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal infection
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (girls only)
- Selective influenza vaccination for children in high risk groups for the disease
- Immunisation is a positive health benefit for children as it can help prevent many of the serious infectious diseases that kill and handicap children.
- For most of the diseases we immunise against there is no cure - either from the disease itself or the long-term side effects.
- Prevention is better than cure and avoids unnecessary suffering to the individual child and disruption to the family.
- Immunisation can help to prevent outbreaks and epidemics of infectious diseases.
- Immunisation can eradicate or eliminate certain diseases, e.g. smallpox, polio, neonatal tetanus, diphtheria.
- The two public health interventions with the greatest impact are clean water and vaccination.